QChennai: TN Grants License for Private Power Distribution & More

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1. TN Grants First License for Private Power Distribution

Breaking new ground in power distribution, Tamil Nadu will soon have a private licensee for the distribution of electricity.

The State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has permitted the India Power Corporation (Tuticorin) Private Limited (IPCTPL), a Kolkata-based company, to provide electricity to units in the multi-product special economic zone (SEZ) at Nanguneri in Tirunelveli district. The term of the licence would be 25 years with retrospective effect from 19 January 2017, the date on which the IPCTPL was recognised by the Central government’s Commerce department as co-developer. This means that the licence will be in force till 18 January 2042.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Van Driver Assaults 3-Year-Old, Schools Shut Since Friday

The abuse came to light when the child, after returning home, told her parents about pain in her private parts.
The abuse came to light when the child, after returning home, told her parents about pain in her private parts.
(Photo: iStockphoto)

A private school at Minjur in Tiruvallur district has remained closed for the last four days after a three-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted on the campus by a school van driver on 29 August.

The abuse came to light when the child, after returning home, told her parents about pain in her private parts. But when the parents went to the school with the kid and complained to the principal and the class teacher, instead of taking legal action, they tried to pacify the parents and sent them back assuring action against the accused the next day. As the news spread, the parents demanded action and when the school tried to reopen on Friday, they staged a protest demanding dismissal of the principal and the class teacher. A complaint was also lodged with Minjur police.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. Marina Protests: HC Reverses Order

Asks police to strictly adhere to policy decision of not permitting protests there.
Asks police to strictly adhere to policy decision of not permitting protests there.
(Photo: Vikram Venkateswaran)

The Madras High Court on Monday overturned an order passed by its single judge on 28 April permitting protests on the Marina in the city. “Unfortunately, the right to protest has been continuously misunderstood (by those seeking permission for protests) as a right to inconvenience the general public,” it said.

Allowing a State appeal against the single judge’s order, a Division Bench of Justices KK Sasidharan and R Subramanian said, “The protesters who claim to espouse the cause of the public often forget that their right to protest ends when the other person’s right to free movement and the right to not listen starts.”

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Outer Ring Road Project Nears End, But Legal Hurdles Persist

Representational image. 99 per cent of the project has been completed and officials are trying to finish the project by December, 2018.
Representational image. 99 per cent of the project has been completed and officials are trying to finish the project by December, 2018.
(Photo: Syed Shiyaz Mirza)

Two decades after the state government gave administrative sanction for the acquisition of land for phase-II of the outer ring road project, the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority is on the verge of completing the project, but legal hurdles in land acquisition still persist.

While the first phase of 29.2 km of the project from Vandalur to Nemilichery has been completed and opened for traffic, the second phase of 33.10 km from Nemilichery to Minjur is facing hurdles in the final stages. Ninety-nine percent of the project has been completed and officials are trying to finish the project by December 2018.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

5. Former Employees of Thermometer Factory Move HC Once Again

Kodaikanal’s mercury workers. 
Kodaikanal’s mercury workers. 
(Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

A group of 116 former employees of a thermometer factory run by Hindustan Lever at Kodaikanal has filed a joint writ petition in the Madras High Court accusing their association of having siphoned off a large portion of undisclosed amount of money paid as ex gratia to them by the company in 2016 for their exposure to toxic mercury vapour.

When the case came up for admission before Justices R Subbiah and R Pongiappan on Monday, they adjourned the hearing by two weeks. In an affidavit filed on behalf of the employees, the lead petitioner K Sankaran, 75, said, 81 of them had worked in the factory for more than 18 years before 2001 when it was closed down due to pollution issues.

(Source: The Hindu)

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